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2013 NFL schedule released: Chip Kelly getting trial by fire in NFL

By Will Brinson | NFL Writer

Chip Kelly is getting trial by fire in the NFL with his tough 2013 NFL schedule. (USATSI)
The 2013 NFL schedule would like to welcome Chip Kelly to the NFL. (USATSI)

Heading into the release of the 2013 NFL schedule we knew one thing: The defending champion Ravens were kicking off their schedule away from home, with an opener against Peyton Manning and the Broncos in Denver. Now we know everything and there will be plenty to examine. The earliest diagnosis on Thursday came thanks to the Eagles, who somehow let their schedule slip out.

And after looking at their schedule, well, I hope Chip Kelly really does like playing as fast as he claims.

He's gonna get a trial by fire from the NFL, coaching the first three games of his NFL career in 11 days (!), and with two of those games coming in primetime.

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The Eagles' opener is on Monday night against the Redskins, a game that's going to have some pretty monumental ratings, particularly if Robert Griffin III is returning from his injured ACL and going against a hated division rival that spent the offseason rebooting its franchise. Even if RG3 doesn't play, there's plenty of scrutiny on this game between Kelly, Michael Vick, Kelly's offense and Kirk Cousins, the presumptive starter if Griffin can't go.

Just six days later, Kelly will square off against the Chargers in the Eagles' home opener. That's your standard 1 pm ET fare in Philadelphia, but there are new regimes in both San Diego and Philadelphia and there could be judgments -- or praise -- flying.

Week 3 brings one of the juicier games on the entire 2013 NFL schedule and good on NFL Network for being smart enough to acquire Andy Reid's return to Philadelphia. That's right -- on Thursday night of Week 3, Reid and the Chiefs will square off against Kelly and the Eagles. The drama present here should be pretty obvious, right? But the real story, to me, is the disadvantage Kelly is at. He's got his third game in three weeks and in just 11 days! And he's going against the guy you know wants to come in and remind the good folks of Philadelphia what they're missing.

Maybe it won't matter to Kelly and his 100-mph Eagles. But that's a lot of football in a short amount of time. And he's rewarded with a three-game road trip right after that, beginning in Denver against the Broncos.

Hope like you playing fast, Chip. Welcome to the NFL.

The full 2013 NFL schedule is listed below. All times are Eastern.

Week 1
Ravens @ Broncos -- 8:30 p.m NBC -- 2013 NFL Kickoff
Patriots @ Bills -- 1 pm CBS
Titans @ Steelers -- 1 pm CBS
Falcons @ Saints -- 1 pm FOX
Buccaneers @ Jets -- 1 pm FOX
Chiefs @ Jaguars -- 1 pm CBS
Seahawks @ Panthers -- 1 pm FOX
Bengals @ Bears -- 1 pm CBS
Dolphins @ Browns -- 1 pm CBS
Vikings @ Lions -- 1 pm FOX
Raiders @ Colts -- 1 pm CBS
Packers @ 49ers -- 4:25 p.m. FOX
Cardinals @ Rams -- 4:25 p.m. FOX
Giants @ Cowboys -- 8:30 p.m. NBC
Eagles @ Redskins -- 7:10 p.m. ESPN -- Monday Night Football
Texans @ Chargers -- 10:20 p.m. ESPN -- Monday Night Football

Week 2
Jets @ Patriots -- 8:25 p.m. NFL Network -- Thursday Night Football
Rams @ Falcons -- 1 p.m. FOX
Chargers @ Eagles -- 1 p.m. CBS
Cowboys @ Chiefs -- 1 p.m. FOX
Dolphins @ Colts -- 1 p.m. CBS
Titans @ Texans -- 1 p.m. CBS
Redskins @ Packers -- 1 p.m. FOX
Browns @ Ravens -- 1 p.m. CBS
Panthers @ Bills -- 1 p.m. FOX
Vikings @ Bears -- 1 p.m. FOX
Saints @ Buccaneers -- 4:05 p.m. FOX
Lions @ Cardinals -- 4:05 p.m. FOX
Jaguars @ Raiders -- 4:25 p.m. CBS
Broncos @ Giants -- 4:25 p.m. CBS
49ers @ Seahawks -- 8:30 p.m. NBC -- Sunday Night Football
Steelers @ Bengals -- 8:40 p.m. ESPN -- Monday Night Football

Week 3
Chiefs @ Eagles -- 8:25 p.m. NFL Network -- Thursday Night Football
Texans @ Ravens -- 1 p.m. CBS
Giants @ Panthers -- 1 p.m. FOX
Lions @ Redskins -- 1 p.m. FOX
Chargers @ Titans -- 1 p.m. CBS
Cardinals @ Saints -- 1 p.m. FOX
Buccaneers @ Patriots -- 1 p.m. FOX
Packers @ Bengals -- 1 p.m. FOX
Rams @ Cowboys -- 1 p.m. FOX
Browns @ Vikings -- 1 p.m. CBS
Falcons @ Dolphins -- 4:05 p.m. FOX
Bills @ Jets -- 4:25 p.m. CBS
Colts @ 49ers -- 4:25 p.m. CBS
Jaguars @ Seahawks -- 4:25 p.m. CBS
Bears @ Steelers -- 8:30 p.m. NBC -- Sunday Night Football
Raiders @ Broncos -- 8:40 p.m. ESPN -- Monday Night Football

Week 4
49ers @ Rams -- 8:25 p.m. NFL Network -- Thursday Night Football
Ravens @ Bills -- 1 p.m. CBS
Cardinals @ Buccaneers -- 1 p.m. FOX
Steelers @ Vikings (in London) -- 1 p.m. CBS
Giants @ Chiefs -- 1 p.m. FOX
Colts @ Jaguars -- 1 p.m. CBS
Seahawks @ Texans -- 1 p.m. FOX
Bengals @ Browns -- 1 p.m. CBS
Bears @ Lions -- 1 p.m. FOX
Jets @ Titans -- 4:05 p.m. CBS
Redskins @ Raiders -- 4:25 p.m. FOX
Eagles @ Broncos -- 4:25 p.m. FOX
Cowboys @ Chargers -- 4:25 p.m. FOX
Patriots @ Falcons -- 8:30 p.m. NBC -- Sunday Night Football
Dolphins @ Saints -- 8:40 p.m. ESPN -- Monday Night Football

Bye week: Panthers, Packers

Week 5
Bills @ Browns -- 8:25 p.m. NFL Network -- Thursday Night Football
Patriots @ Bengals -- 1 p.m. CBS
Lions @ Packers -- 1 p.m. FOX
Seahawks @ Colts -- 1 p.m. FOX
Ravens @ Dolphins -- 1 p.m. CBS
Saints @ Bears -- 1 p.m. FOX
Eagles @ Giants -- 1 p.m. FOX
Chiefs @ Titans -- 1 p.m. CBS
Jaguars @ Rams -- 1 p.m CBS
Panthers @ Cardinals -- 4:05 p.m. FOX
Broncos @ Cowboys -- 4:25 p.m. CBS
Chargers @ Raiders -- 4:25 p.m. CBS
Texans @ 49ers -- 8:30 p.m. NBC -- Sunday Night Football
Jets @ Falcons -- 8:40 p.m. ESPN -- Monday Night Football

Bye week: Vikings, Steelers, Buccaneers, Redskins

Week 6
Giants @ Bears -- 8:25 p.m. NFL Network -- Thursday Night Football
Packers @ Ravens -- 1 p.m. FOX
Eagles @ Buccaneers -- 1 p.m. FOX
Steelers @ Jets -- 1 p.m. CBS
Panthers @ Vikings -- 1 p.m. FOX
Raiders @ Chiefs -- 1 p.m. CBS
Rams @ Texans -- 1 p.m. FOX
Bengals @ Bills -- 1 p.m. CBS
Lions @ Browns -- 1 p.m. FOX
Titans @ Seahawks -- 4:05 p.m. CBS
Jaguars @ Broncos -- 4:05 p.m. CBS
Saints @ Patriots -- 4:25 p.m. FOX
Cardinals @ 49ers -- 4:25 p.m. FOX
Redskins @ Cowboys -- 8:30 p.m. NBC -- Sunday Night Football
Colts @ Chargers -- 8:40 p.m. ESPN -- Monday Night Football

Bye week: Falcons, Dolphins

Week 7
Seahawks @ Cardinals -- 8:25 p.m. NFL Network -- Thursday Night Football
Buccaneers @ Falcons -- 1 p.m. FOX
Bears @ Redskins -- 1 p.m. FOX
Cowboys @ Eagles -- 1 p.m. FOX
Patriots @ Jets -- 1 p.m. CBS
Bills @ Dolphins -- 1 p.m. CBS
Rams @ Panthers -- 1 p.m. FOX
Bengals @ Lions -- 1 p.m. CBS
Chargers @ Jaguars -- 1 p.m. CBS
Texans @ Chiefs -- 1 p.m. CBS
49ers @ Titans -- 4:05 p.m. FOX
Browns @ Packers -- 4:25 p.m. CBS
Ravens @ Steelers -- 4:25 p.m. CBS
Broncos @ Colts -- 8:30 p.m. NBC -- Sunday Night Football
Vikings @ Giants -- 8:40 p.m. ESPN -- Monday Night Football

Bye week: Saints, Raiders

Week 8
Panthers @ Buccaneers -- 8:25 p.m. -- Thursday Night Football
49ers @ Jaguars (in London) -- 1 p.m. FOX
Browns @ Chiefs -- 1 p.m. CBS
Dolphins @ Patriots -- 1 p.m. CBS
Bills @ Saints -- 1 p.m. CBS
Cowboys @ Lions -- 1 p.m. FOX
Giants @ Eagles -- 1 p.m. FOX
Steelers @ Raiders -- 4:05 p.m. CBS
Jets @ Bengals -- 4:05 p.m. CBS
Falcons @ Cardinals -- 4:25 p.m. FOX
Redskins @ Broncos -- 4:25 p.m. FOX
Packers @ Vikings -- 8:30 p.m. NBC -- Sunday Night Football
Seahawks @ Rams -- 8:40 p.m. ESPN -- Monday Night Football

Bye week: Ravens, Bears, Texans, Colts, Chargers, Titans

Week 9
Bengals @ Dolphins -- 8:25 p.m. NFL Network -- Thursday Night Football
Falcons @ Panthers -- 1 p.m. FOX
Vikings @ Cowboys -- 1 p.m. FOX
Saints @ Jets -- 1 p.m. FOX
Titans @ Rams -- 1 p.m. CBS
Chiefs @ Bills -- 1 p.m. CBS
Chargers @ Redskins -- 1 p.m. CBS
Eagles @ Raiders – 4:05 p.m. FOX
Buccaneers @ Seahawks – 4:05 p.m. FOX
Ravens @ Browns -- 4:25 p.m. CBS
Steelers @ Patriots -- 4:25 p.m. CBS
Colts @ Texans – 8:30 p.m. NBC -- Sunday Night Football
Bears @ Packers – 8:40 p.m. ESPN -- Monday Night Football

Bye week: Cardinals, Broncos, Lions, Jaguars, Giants, 49ers

Week 10
Redskins @ Vikings -- 8:25 p.m. NFL Network -- Thursday Night Football
Bengals @ Ravens -- 1 p.m. CBS
Lions @ Bears -- 1 p.m. FOX
Eagles @ Packers -- 1 p.m. FOX
Rams @ Colts -- 1 p.m. FOX
Seahawks @ Falcons -- 1 p.m. FOX
Raiders @ Giants -- 1 p.m. CBS
Jaguars @ Titans -- 1 p.m. CBS
Bills @ Steeelers -- 1 p.m. CBS
Panthers @ 49ers -- 4:05 p.m. FOX
Texans @ Cardinals -- 4:25 p.m. CBS
Broncos @ Chargers -- 4:25 p.m. CBS
Cowboys @ Saints -- 8:30 p.m. NBC -- Sunday Night Football
Dolphins @ Buccaneers -- 8:40 p.m. ESPN -- Monday Night Football

Bye week: Browns, Chiefs, Patriots, Jets

Week 11
Colts @ Titans -- 8:25 p.m. NFL Network -- Thursday Night Football
Jets @ Bills -- 1 p.m. CBS
Falcons @ Buccaneers -- 1 p.m. FOX
Lions @ Steelers -- 1 p.m. FOX
Redskins @ Eagles -- 1 p.m. FOX
Chargers @ Dolphins -- 1 p.m. CBS
Ravens @ Bears -- 1 p.m. CBS
Browns @ Bengals -- 1 p.m. CBS
Raiders @ Texans -- 1 p.m. CBS
Cardinals @ Jaguars -- 1 p.m. FOX
Chiefs @ Broncos -- 4:05 p.m. CBS
Vikings @ Seahawks -- 4:25 p.m. FOX
49ers @ Saints -- 4:25 p.m. FOX
Packers @ Giants -- 8:30 p.m. NBC -- Sunday Night Football
Patriots @ Panthers -- 8:40 p.m. ESPN -- Monday Night Football

Bye week: Cowboys, Rams

Week 12
Saints @ Falcons -- 8:25 p.m. NFL Network -- Thursday Night Football
Steelers @ Browns -- 1 p.m. CBS
Buccaneers @ Lions -- 1 p.m. FOX
Vikings @ Packers -- 1 p.m. FOX
Jaguars @ Texans -- 1 p.m. CBS
Jets @ Ravens -- 1 p.m. CBS
Chargers @ Chiefs -- 1 p.m. CBS
Bears @ Rams -- 1 p.m. FOX
Panthers @ Dolphins -- 1 p.m. FOX
Colts @ Cardinals -- 4:05 p.m. CBS
Titans @ Raiders -- 4:05 p.m. CBS
Cowboys @ Giants -- 4:25 p.m. FOX
Broncos @ Patriots -- 8:30 p.m. NBC -- Sunday Night Football
49ers @ Redskins -- 8:40 p.m. ESPN -- Monday Night Football

Bye week: Bills, Bengals, Eagles, Seahawks

Week 13
Packers @ Lions – 12:30 p.m. FOX -- Thanksgiving
Raiders @ Cowboys – 4:30 p.m. CBS -- Thanksgiving
Steelers @ Ravens -- 8 p.m. NBC -- Thanksgiving
Broncos @ Chiefs -- 1 p.m. CBS
Titans @ Colts -- 1 p.m. CBS
Jaguars @ Browns -- 1 p.m. CBS
Buccaneers @ Panthers -- 1 p.m. FOX
Bears @ Vikings – 1 p.m. FOX
Cardinals @ Eagles – 1 p.m. FOX
Dolphins @ Jets – 1 p.m. CBS
Falcons @ Bills (in Toronto) -- 4:05 p.m. FOX
Rams @ 49ers – 4:05 p.m. FOX
Patriots @ Texans – 4:25 p.m. CBS
Bengals @ Chargers – 4:25 p.m. CBS
Giants @ Redskins -- 8:30 p.m. NBC -- Sunday Night Football
Saints @ Seahawks -- 8:40 p.m. ESPN -- Monday Night Football

Week 14
Texans @ Jaguars -- 8:25 p.m. NFL Network -- Thursday Night Football
Vikings @ Ravens -- 1 p.m. FOX
Chiefs @ Redskins -- 1 p.m. CBS
Bills @ Buccaneers -- 1 p.m. CBS
Dolphins @ Steelers -- 1 p.m. CBS
Lions @ Eagles -- 1 p.m. FOX
Panthers @ Saints -- 1 p.m. FOX
Colts @ Bengals -- 1 p.m. CBS
Browns @ Patriots -- 1 p.m. CBS
Raiders @ Jets -- 1 p.m. CBS
Titans @ Broncos -- 4:05 p.m. CBS
Rams @ Cardinals -- 4:25 p.m. FOX
Seahawks @ 49ers -- 4:25 p.m. FOX
Giants @ Chargers -- 4:25 p.m. FOX
Falcons @ Packers -- 8:30 p.m. NBC -- Sunday Night Football
Cowboys @ Bears -- 8:40 p.m. ESPN -- Monday Night Football

Week 15
Chargers @ Broncos -- 8:25 p.m. NFL Network -- Thursday Night Football
Redskins @ Falcons -- 1 p.m. FOX
Cardinals @ Titans -- 1 p.m. FOX
49ers @ Buccaneers -- 1 p.m. FOX
Saints @ Rams -- 1 p.m. FOX
Seahawks @ Giants -- 1 p.m. FOX
Bears @ Browns -- 1 p.m. FOX
Texans @ Colts -- 1 p.m. CBS
Bills @ Jaguars -- 1 p.m. CBS
Patriots @ Dolphins -- 1 p.m. CBS
Eagles @ Vikings -- 1 p.m. FOX
Chiefs @ Raiders -- 4:05 p.m. CBS
Jets @ Panthers -- 4:05 p.m. CBS
Packers @ Cowboys -- 4:25 p.m. FOX
Bengals @ Steelers -- 8:30 p.m. NBC -- Sunday Night Football
Ravens @ Lions -- 8:40 p.m. ESPN -- Monday Night Football

Week 16
Dolphins @ Bills -- 1 p.m. CBS
Saints @ Panthers -- 1 p.m. FOX
Cowboys @ Redskins -- 1 p.m. FOX
Buccaneers @ Rams -- 1 p.m. FOX
Bears @ Eagles -- 1 p.m. FOX
Browns @ Jets -- 1 p.m. CBS
Colts @ Chiefs -- 1 p.m. CBS
Vikings @ Bengals -- 1 p.m. FOX
Broncos @ Texans -- 1 p.m. CBS
Titans @ Jaguars -- 1 p.m. CBS
Cardinals @ Seahawks -- 4:05 p.m. FOX
Giants @ Lions -- 4:05 p.m. FOX
Raiders @ Chargers -- 4:25 p.m. CBS
Steelers @ Packers -- 4:25 p.m. CBS
Patriots @ Ravens -- 8:30 p.m. NBC -- Sunday Night Football
Falcons @ 49ers -- 8:40 p.m. ESPN -- Monday Night Football

Week 17
Panthers @ Falcons -- 1 p.m. FOX
Packers @ Bears -- 1 p.m. FOX
Texans @ Titans -- 1 p.m. CBS
Browns @ Steelers -- 1 p.m. CBS
Redskins @ Giants -- 1 p.m. FOX
Ravens @ Bengals -- 1 p.m. CBS
Eagles @ Cowboys -- 1 p.m. FOX
Jaguars @ Colts -- 1 p.m. CBS
Jets @ Dolphins -- 1 p.m. CBS
Lions @ Vikings -- 1 p.m. FOX
Bills @ Patriots -- 1 p.m. CBS
Buccaneers @ Saints -- 1 p.m. FOX
Broncos @ Raiders -- 4:25 p.m. CBS
49ers @ Cardinals -- 4:25 p.m. FOX
Chiefs at Chargers -- 4:25 p.m. CBS
Rams @ Seahawks -- 4:25 p.m. FOX

 
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